I’m a customization freak.

I have a cell phone. Of course, most folks do these days. But I change my ringtone a lot. By a lot I’m talking weekly. Not just my regular ringtone, but my custom ringtones. For example, if Indi called me right now (which would be freaky, ’cause she’s asleep) my phone would ring with the opening notes to Der Komissar by Falco. If my Dad called me, you’d hear the somber piano notes from the closing shot of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If my brother called me, you’d hear the Level 1 theme from Super Smash TV, a SNES game we enjoyed playing co-op. I could go on. If those same people had called me last week, you’d hear Silent Hill music, Ennio Morricone, and the theme to Unsolved Mysteries in their place. I can’t leave ’em alone.

I’m the same way with my user picture on MySpace. Changing it all the time. I have an IM client at work that supports avatars. Changed weekly. I wear a different belt buckle every day. Once I have my clothes picked out and on my person, I decide what jacket I’m going to wear. It’s madness.

However, back to my first example…I’m a bit of a ringtone freak. I make my own using mp3’s, NSF (NES Sound File) clips, and other resources. Edited properly in Adobe Audition, of course. Balanced for sound. And finally transferred to my phone via Bluetooth. My memory card on my Nokia has not yet begun to hold the amount of random tones that it will eventually.

I think everyone is a little crazy. I’m a bit OCD (more at some times than others) and can sometimes spend hours at this computer perfecting sound. Editing out a chorus or merging two music clips together. I don’t like words in my ringtones, so sometimes it’s dropping vocals or trying to clip just the right part of a song that will repeat nicely.

I find myself hearing a bit of a song and think to myself, “That would make a great ringtone.” Or I’m lying in bed and I must get up and make a change to my handset. Then I end up typing about it.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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1 Response to Customization

  1. Nikki says:

    Ever thought of being producer? Like for bands/movies/whatever? You seem to have a real love for it paired with the necessary patience. Think about it…

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